Japanese Copper Suichuu W...

At first Suiteki were simply jars or bowls used for holding water, but as interest in the accoutrements of calligraphy grew, water-droppers became more specialized. Suiteki are used by brush calligraphers to hold and dispense exact amounts of water onto an ink stone for the purpose of mixing and diluting ink pigment. Due to the limited […]

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Japanese Bronze Melon Wat...

At first Suiteki were simply jars or bowls used for holding water, but as interest in the accoutrements of calligraphy grew, water-droppers became more specialized. Suiteki are used by brush calligraphers to hold and dispense exact amounts of water onto an ink stone for the purpose of mixing and diluting ink pigment. Due to the limited […]

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Black Enamel Chinese Cloi...

Shown is a beautifully proportioned Black Chinese Cloisonne’ vase, ca. 1920. Fine wire cloison work enclosing a black profusely decorated enamel ground, with a overall ornate pattern. The motifs incorporated are a stylized butterfly, flowers and a vine or fern-like overall pattern. No stamp or marks. The piece is in excellent condition with no repairs, […]

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Fine Chinese ‘Fish Scal...

This wonderful, classical-shaped Chinese bowl incorporates a fish scale pattern and black enameling. Its tight brass wire design and trimming,with a ruyi band around the lip, and a black CHINA stamp (under-glazed) indicates it was made between 1900-1920 and prior to machine-made, mass produced pieces. The interior and bottom is glazed in a turquoise color. […]

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Small and Delicate Black ...

This exceptional piece was brought out of Japan during the occupation, though not Japanese in origin. It has a classic bulbous shape with a bronze collar around the middle portion of the neck. The metal work is extremely delicate and demonstrates fine craftsmanship. The type of metal trim on the bottom and top of the […]

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Japanese Hida Shunkei Lac...

This is an exceptional example of Shunkei lacquer being in a round container with matching lid. It holds five small plates used in the tea ceremony for serving tea sweets (Wagashi). There are two small dings on the bottom edge from everyday ware, which does not distract from the visual or functional aspects of the […]

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Chinese Black Lacquer Box

A skillfully carved box that has a lid illustrating a garden setting with two figures in period robes. The round box has an interesting Greek Key motif on all sides, creating a wonderful textural pattern to the body of the piece. After the box was formed it was painted with black lacquer up to 100 […]

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Famous Ceramics of Japan ...

An out-of-print and difficult publication to locate, and one of eleven books in the series on Famous Ceramics of Japan. It offers a comprehensive and visual color survey of the major works of Tarouemon XIII (Houan Nakazato). The book is a clear indication of the reverence given to his work and Japanese tea bowls and tea […]

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Seto and Mino Ceramics by...

An inspired outpouring of colorfully glazed and eccentrically shaped ceramics from Mino delineates the glories of the Momoyama period (1568-1615), remembered as a golden age for all the arts throughout Japan. Continuing throughout the Edo period (1615-1868), Seto set the standard for fine glazed pottery to such an extent that the term Setomono (Seto things) […]

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Nothingness: Talk to a St...

An excellent collection of skillfully executed script and verse, Nothingness: Talk to a Stone is a work of art in its own right. This beautifully crafted book celebrates the masterful calligraphy and writings of Tetsuzan Shinagawa, complemented by the poetry of many other Eastern scholars and calligraphy masters. The book seamlessly integrates these timeless poems with the […]

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Kamakura-Bori Lacquered &...

This is a very rare two-colour Kamakura-Bori brooch in the form of a Japanese Wild Poinsettia flower. Exciting and lyrical in its interpretation, this beautifully executed, lacquered and carved brooch dates from the 1900s and has a sterling pin back of the time. Condition: Excellent. Dimensions: 2-½”w x 1-¾”h x ½”d.

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Japanese Ojime and Ivory ...

Ojime are handcrafted decorative beads which originated in Japan as early as the 16th century. Strictly speaking the word bead is superfluous as Ojime itself means cord fastener bead. They are typically between 3/4 inch and 1 inch in diameter with a vertical hole from top to bottom, and are made from fine metals, ivory, […]

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